What Does a Timing Belt Do?
The timing belt is housed in the timing cover within the engine. The timing belt synchronizes the timing between the engine's camshaft, crankshaft, distributor (if equipped with one), and water pump. A crankshaft is a mechanical part that converts reciprocating motion into rotational motion. The rotary motion of the crankshaft allows a series of connected components to work together to rotate the wheels of the vehicle. The rotation of the wheels moves the vehicle forward so that the driver can reach the desired destination.
In the process of internal combustion within the engine, the camshaft plays a vital role. The camshaft opens the valves that lets a mixture of air and fuel into the engine.The timing between the crankshaft and camshaft is critical for an engine to run. Without proper timing, the energy from the internal combustion cannot be utilized to create the rotational force needed for the vehicle to move forward. Ultimately, the timing belt works to synchronize the top and bottom halves of the engine so that the vehicle's engine performs all of its assigned tasks.
Why Should I Immediately Replace a Failing Timing Belt?
The timing belt controls the timing between the camshaft and crankshaft within the engine to make sure that each cylinder fires at the appropriate time. The damage resulting from a broken timing belt depends on the type of engine in the vehicle. Two types of engines dominate automobiles: an interference engine and a noninterference engine.
In an interference type engine, the valve's stoke and pistons share the same space in the cylinder. The timing belt keeps them from smashing into each other because the timing belt makes them function at different times. If the timing belt busts or slips off, valve, cylinder head, camshaft, and possibly piston and cylinder wall damage may result. In an interference engine, the damaged components must be replaced before replacing the timing belt to solve the overall problem.
When the timing belt slips off or breaks in a non-interference engine, the pistons and valves do not occupy the same space, so no damage to the valves or cylinders occur. Therefore, no additional damage to the vehicle occurs when a timing belt slips or breaks. Replacing the timing belt should solve the overall problem.
Symptoms of a Failing Timing Belt
- The Engine Will Not Turn Over
- A Ticking Noise Comes From the Engine
- Oil Leaks from the Front of the Motor
- The Engine Misfires
When Should I Replace the Timing Belt?
An engine not turning over, misfiring, or making a ticking noise signals that the timing belt needs replacing. Oil leaking from the front of the motor also indicates the need to replace the vehicle's timing belt. To avoid these symptoms and the possibility of the timing belt breaking or slipping, the timing belt should be replaced every 30,000 miles.
If you have issues with your Timing Belt, contact Hopewell Tire to have it checked out.
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